Genealogists Lament (Parody of We Three Kings.)

Merry Christmas to my fellow searchers…this is sung to the tune of We Three Kings! Inspiration for those searching!! Merry Christmas! – Kathleen Keane

Sung to the music of We Three Kings

Genealogists Lament

(Parody of We Three Kings.)

Jones and Smiths my relatives are
Anns and Johns they traveled afar
Poor handwriting, Spelling frightening
Pass me another beer

Smiths and Jones there’s plenty of those
Short in height and long in nose
Photos mislabeled, links disabled
Send me another shot

Behold it now the names do match
One more sip goes down the hatch
One less puzzle, one more guzzle
Glorious family tree


Tossing turning tormented sleep
Nameless gravestones, buried too deep
Courthouse fires and family liars
Christmas is great for wine


Tree of Smith and branch of Jones
No known address — no such phone
No obit and no headstone
Came to this earth alone.


Kathleen Keane

Kathleen Keane is a southern LDS writer and poet whose writing ranges from humor to personal interest and nonfiction pieces. She has worked in the search and reunion field for decades and as an editor for tech stock analysts. She was a newspaper columnist on genetic genealogy and her thesis was on DNA editing with CRISPR tech. With a Gypsy heart and Bellarussian soul, she currently resides south of Chicago. She sees writing as a symphony with readers playing a role in creating the finished work. Her writers affectionately refer to her as “Master Editor of the Universe.” She can be reached at

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